119 – Odyssey Spotlight with Jeanne Cavelos

November 21, 2017 0

un_cavelosWriter and editor Jeanne Cavelos founded the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1996, and it quickly became an invaluable experience for writers of genre fiction. She joins us to discuss the workshop, her own fiction and anthology projects, Dracula and Van Helsing, and rituals involving plush animals and condensed milk. Not for the faint of heart! (PS – The Early Application deadline for next year’s workshop is January 31st. Get those apps ready!)

118 – Author Spotlight: Spencer Ellsworth

November 13, 2017 0

un_ellsworthStarfire author Spencer Ellsworth joins us to discuss A Red Peace and its upcoming sequels. We also talk tomatoes, X-Men, and Cascade Writers, among other fascinations.

Bonus! Viable Paradise treasurer Chris Gerwel tells all about VP’s upcoming Writers-of-Color Scholarship! Get those applications in early!

117 – To NaNo or Not to NaNo

November 7, 2017 0

un_02First, we reveal the books we’ve chosen for our recommended reading challenge! Chia will read The Red: First Light, Chris has chosen Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, George has queued Say Yes to the Marquess, and Cath is reading The Bourne Identity. Start your book engines!

Then we return to a frequent subject of discussion, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Is it still relevant to our goals? Is there an alternative? It seems we always have something to say on the subject when November rolls around.

116 – Halloween Flicks 2017

October 30, 2017 0

un_halloweenHappy Halloween! George, Chia and Chris indulge in our annual Halloween movie watch. This year: Halloween, Pulgasari and City of the Living DeadWhich flicks made us scream? Which cried out for the MST3K treatment? There’s one way to find out, gentle listener. (Actually, there are two. Consult our Unreliable Narrators Watch… series of posts for gory details in our watch transcripts.)

115 – Author Spotlight: Ferrett Steinmetz

October 23, 2017 0

un_steinmetz Flex author and meritorious pantser-mancer Ferrett Steinmetz joins us to discuss his new book, The Uploaded. But that’s not the only thing that comes up during our VP13 reunion. Donuts! Quirky writers! Bake-offs! Shorts vs. novels! Writing what you want vs. what you think will sell! And a sneak peak at his next mad creation. This one has it all!

114 – Author Spotlight: Grady Hendrix

October 16, 2017 0

un_hendrixThe author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism channels his encyclopedic knowledge with Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s. He regales us with tales of horror from the publishing industry, Asian cinema, wild animal attacks, evil fetus leprechauns, The Great Stephen King Reread and too much more to mention. Do you dare press play?

112 – Reading Challenges

October 3, 2017 0

We check in for exciting news from former guest Debbie Goelz and her new audiobook, then find out about the upcoming project, The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide. And on to our topic of the week!

Chia, George, Chris and Cath need your help! We kick off two reading challenges in the interest of expanding our literary boundaries. First, a Secret Santa challenge in which we each select a book for someone else to read. Second, we each pick a genre we’re unfamiliar with and ask you, fair readers, for recommendations. What is the book that will make Chris a fan of cozy mysteries? Which military hard sci-fi novel will make a convert of Chia? Who has a great historical or contemporary romance for George? (No Outlander or Jane Austen, please!) Finally, Cath needs a recommendation for a men’s action title. Send us your suggestions! You never know what a successful recommendation will yield…

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